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Poster: The_Monkey_Master Date: Jun 6, 2010 10:36am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Any "Silent Comedy" like "Mr. Bean" from the Classic TV era?

Are there any classic tv shows like "Mr. Bean" from BBC. Something like this, silent comedy. The only 2 I know of are some from Red Skelton and an episode from Ed Wynn with guest Buster Keaton.

PS I'm not looking for silent movies from the 10's and 20's, I know were can find them here.

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Poster: The_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Jun 6, 2010 12:15pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Any 'Silent Comedy' like 'Mr. Bean' from the Classic TV era?

Not sure if it's what you want, but Jackie Gleason used to do sketches on "Cavalcade of Stars" with no talking or speaking, just music in the background. I wonder if anyone has any of THOSE broadcasts to upload (I know some of them survive).

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Poster: couchpotato Date: Jun 7, 2010 2:50pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Any 'Silent Comedy' like 'Mr. Bean' from the Classic TV era?

Red Skelton did alot of this kind of comedy....

This one is pretty funny.........

http://www.archive.org/details/Red_Skelton_MarthaRayeGuest?start=2819.5

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Poster: rocket Date: Jun 7, 2010 5:36am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Any 'Silent Comedy' like 'Mr. Bean' from the Classic TV era?


Kaper Kops on Australian TV in the 1960s, was done in the style of the Keystone Kops, except on a much, much lower budget and only 3 cops. One of the cops was Rod Hull, of Emu fame.

Australian Garry MacDonald had a regular segment in one of his series, featuring silent comedy wearing the same make-up as Roy Rene's "Mo McCackie". Ironically, I don't think the real Mo ever actually appeared in silent film, as he was a stage act.

Fractured Flickers with Hans Conried took old silent comedies and added new audio to them. Not quite the same thing, since they also added dialog. There was also a show called Comedy Capers that had a similar format, but without Hans, I think.




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Poster: Meatpies Date: Jun 7, 2010 9:19pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Any 'Silent Comedy' like 'Mr. Bean' from the Classic TV era?

Wouldn't this type of performing fall under the catagory of pantomime?